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Benjamin Reesor Diary, 1871-1878

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Oct 1872

Oct 2 I Chored began to make a leech vat & helped to Pick some apples M Nighswander's wife & boy got some to Dry on shares W. fine clear beautiful

3 I took Nancy & my mother to Uncle Sams AM & then threshed beans & helped Simon Hoover Pick some apples. brought Nancy & Mother home this evening. W . very fine Cler

4 I & Nancy went to funeral of a little Alexander Murison. to Markham village I killed a calf after we came home W. very fine Cler

5 I got Jess & Cent shod at Bambridge. My mother went to J H Ramer's I went there for dinner W. fine clear heard a drunk man on Townline about 9 Oc tonight found it was John Hollinger. W drove him home I followed in buggy & brought & W home

Sunday 6 at home all day My Mother went to Meeting at Cedar Grove with Br C & our team & spring waggon W. a little rain at noon. heavy thunder lightning & rain tonight

7 I & Dave Cleaned some barley this morning then then I went around Through Pickering to Canvas for pupils for a German school to be held in our Church. Then we cleaned some more barley this evening he plowed while I was gone. W. was away looking for a farm to rent. W. fine clear heavy rain last night

8 I chored AM & Dave Plowed till noon then he had to quit. Our Horses & every otherbody's Horses are getting sick with a sort of Epidemic influenza. I went to stable raising at Flavius Pm. W. fine clear Willie Willie came home tonight. he has rented Ganahil Harrington's farm on the Morktown & Scarboro Townline near the 7th Con

9 Picked winter apples AM began digging Potatoes PM. I took grist to Cedar Grove mill PM. W. fine warm clear

10 Dug Potatoes. I brought home grist this evening W. Cool

11 Dug Potatoes. I went to stable raising at JD's Pm W. cool

12 Finished digging Potatoes. good Crop. W. Cool rather cloudy

Sunday 13 All went to Meeting at Hebron except My Mother & John & little Benjamin My Mother has a Cold remarks by B C

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Oct 1872

Sunday 13 Sermon on {blank space} by Br H Barkey. JB's were here after service they are keeping house for Br N's they are away to Michigan & Waterloo. W. fine rain last night. Cloudy this morning. Clear today.

14 Sawed some Cedar trees that I got from Flavius a year or two ago for my Old Milk Can. AM Cleaned barly & put it back in bin again horses are not fit to team it away at Present I went to Harrison's sale at Cedar Grove PO PM. he is leaving W. pretty Cold. windy. {illegible} J Lapps men dragging out one of his horses that died with Epidemic

15 Finished Cleaning barley & some wheat tailings W plowed awhile AM. I & Nancy started to Belford Jess got sick turned back. she is better again. W. Cloudy. Cold. some soft snow from about 11 oc till 3. all Thawed again

16 W plowed. I killed a pig AM. I & Nancy went to Belford PM. Dave Picked apples. W. Cold. NW wind clear

17 I & Dave made 2 barrels Cider AM {?} W plowed Tilled beds PM. W. white frost this morning clouded up. East rain Pm

18 W Plowed second time in West half of root field Dave Picked apples. I got some Powders at Barrows for horses AM they are hardly well yet I helped JD thresh PM W Cler

19 I helped JD thresh until about 3 Pm boys both Plowed. W. fine clear. a very little rain am

Sunday 20 We & my mother went to Jac Reesor's W. fine clear

21 I drove 2 loads Cider apples {Written above line} 42 bus to P Lapp @18cts per bus W plowed. W. very fine beautiful weather Old Dick died aged 29 years last night

22 I Nancy & my Mother went to P Stovers & I went to Uncle Josephs sale I bought Hendry Plow @$12.00 & a lot 90 of sap buckets @11 1/2cts apiece W. fine warm clear, look a little like rain tonight a little drizzle this evening

23 W brought 197 4 in tiles from Cherrywood this morning then we Commenced to draw Potatoes into Cellar I & little John brought home my Plow & buckets PM. W. very fine

24 I & Dave drew in Potatoes. W helped Br C log. W. fine clear

25 Chored AM. I & Dave helped Steele divide Potatoes that he Grew on shares in little Orchard & drew his share home for him. W took 40 bus 40 lbs barley to Whitby @ 68cts per bus. W. cloudy a little rain This morning pretty heavy This evening rainy yet 9 o PM

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Name: Alexander Murison Gender: M (Male) Birth Date: 15 Apr 1869 Birth Place: Ontario, Canada Death Date: 1 Oct 1872 Death Place: Ontario, Canada Cemetery: Saint Andrew's Presbyterian Church Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Markham, York Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada Has Bio?: N Father: William Murison Mother: Christina Murison URL:

Equine influenza is characterized by a very high rate of transmission among horses, and has a relatively short incubation time of one to three days.[6] Clinical signs of equine influenza include fever (up to 106 °F [41 °C]), nasal discharge, have a dry, hacking cough, depression, loss of appetite and weakness.[6] Secondary infections may include pneumonia.[7] Horses that are mildly affected will recover within 2 to 3 weeks; however, it may take up to 6 months for recovery for severely affected horses.[6] Horses that become immune may not show signs but will still shed the virus. [1]

An 1872 report on equine influenza describes the disease as:

"An epizootic specific fever of a very debilitating type, with inflammation of the respiratory mucous membrane, and less frequently of other organs, having an average duration of ten to fifteen days, and not conferring immunity from a second attack in subsequent epizootics."

— James Law, Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture for the year 1872[8]